Producers to increase price of ‘pure water’ to N20 in Nasarawa

The association said the product of some members had dropped in quality due to high cost of production materials

The Nasarawa chapter of the Association of Table Water Producers (ATWAP) has said a sachet of water will soon be sold for N20 due to the cost of production.

The Nasarawa chairman of ATWAP, Usman Diggi, disclosed this at the end of a two-day workshop organised for their members in the area.

He said that because of the high cost of production materials, it was no longer feasible for them to continue to sell sachet water at the cost of N10.

The chairman attributed the reason for the proliferation of substandard table water in the state to the high cost of production materials.

Mr Diggi described as unfortunate the attitude of some members who have reduced the quality of their products due to the cost of production.

“It is better to increase the price of pure water and maintain the quality than to produce substandard products given its health implications,” Mr Diggi said.

He, however, appealed to the government to reduce the price of the materials so that sachet water would still be sold for N10 in the interest of the common people who are already going through a lot.

“The cost of nylon per kilogramme used to be N450 but at the moment it has gone up to N1,200, which is over 100 per cent increase, yet a bag of table water is sold for between N60 and N70.

“We are running at a loss, that is why some of our members are cutting corners to enable them to run the business,” he said.

Mr Diggi added that the association was doing its best to discourage the practice while appealing to the government to come to their aid.

He said a lot of their members have closed their factories due to high taxes, double taxation and high cost of materials in the market.

Diggi assured the public that the association, in collaboration with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), would ensure the production of quality table water.

Also speaking, the state coordinator of NAFDAC, Dadi Nantim Mullak, appealed to consumers to inform the agency of any illegal table water production in their area.

The NAFDAC coordinator said the agency has been going round to ensure that producers abide by safety standards.

He said they were also partnering with traditional rulers to ensure that only quality table water is produced and sold in the state.

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